'Day One' Blog

Jesus, the Comforter, March 14, ’20

(This entry is the fourth and final drawing from John, chapters thirteen through seventeen. The purpose is to allow us a deeper look into the character of Jesus in the final hours of His ministry. It will enhance the way we see Him as He approaches Gethsemane and beyond.)


Meditation for the Soul ~

Do not let your hearts be troubled.
You believe in God; believe also in me.
My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so,
would I have told you that I am going there
to prepare a place for you?
And if I go and prepare a place for you,
I will come back and take you to be with me
that you also may be where I am.
You know the way to the place where I am going.
I am the way and the truth and the life.
No one comes to the Father except through me.
Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you.
I do not give to you as the world gives.
Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.
John 14:1-4; 6: 27
None of you asks me, ‘Where are you going?’
Rather, you are filled with grief
because I have said these things.
But very truly I tell you,
it is for your good that I am going away.
Unless I go away, the Advocate will not come to you;
but if I go, I will send Him to you.
I have much more to say to you,
more than you can now bear.
But when He, the Spirit of truth, comes,
He will guide you into all the truth.
He will not speak on his own;
He will speak only what he hears,
and He will tell you what is yet to come.
He will glorify me because it is from me
that He will receive
what He will make known to you.
Very truly I tell you,
you will weep and mourn while the world rejoices.
You will grieve, but your grief will turn to joy.
A woman giving birth to a child has pain
because her time has come;
but when her baby is born she forgets the anguish
because of her joy that a child is born into the world.
So with you: Now is your time of grief,
but I will see you again and you will rejoice,
and no one will take away your joy.
John 16:5-7; 12-14; 20-22

Reflection for the Mind ~

From the moment Jesus and His disciples sat down to have their last meal together, Jesus started engaging with His disciples – instructing, encouraging, informing, rallying, comforting, et cetera. He was giving them the download of all downloads knowing full well the necessity of His words. But much of Jesus’ words were difficult and unsettling. As their dialogue progressed, a sense of grief began to set in. No one but Jesus understood the breadth of the fears taking hold and the sense of panic growing within His inner-circle. And Jesus was prepared to do all He could to assuage their angst by comforting them.

Imagine having only the right words, only the right body-language, only the right countenance, only the right tone of voice. Jesus had everything His friends needed as they began to grieve. The idea that they would be separated from Him was devastating. They certainly had no idea how much worse things were going to get in the next twenty-four hours. But Jesus knew, and He was speaking into their lives in a way that would bring comfort both in the moment and after His death.

I’ve been thinking about the fact that part of their conversation was about the coming of the Holy Spirit, who Jesus called the Comforter or Advocate. The Father would send them the Spirit, even as the Father sent Jesus to them. Jesus said that the Spirit would, “glorify Me because it is from Me that He will receive what He will make known to you,” (John 16:14). Jesus had no intention of leaving His followers without the comfort they had come to rely upon. In some unexplainable way, the coming of the Comforter was actually an upgrade (John 16:7) though that would have been impossible for them to imagine at the time. Equally unimaginable was the fact that the comfort of the Holy Spirit would come to them on behalf of Jesus, as powerfully as if Jesus remained among them.

Response for the Heart ~

Lord, thank You for the beauty of Your comfort. Thank You for the gift that Your comfort was to Your disciples and is to me! You never leave us in our grief. You are by our side, comforting us in a way that only You could. Speak to me in the days ahead about the beauty of the comforting nature of Jesus as He spent those many hours preparing His disciples for His departure. I worship You, God of all comfort! ~ Amen

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  • Kirk DeWitt

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    I keep thinking about Jesus promising comfort through the Holy Spirit in crisis. Right now is a time of crisis in our nation when we really need the comfort of the Holy Spirit in our lives. And just like the disciples shared the Spirit with others, he invites us to do the same... to bring peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.

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